That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow…
What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.
I remember back when I was a little boy, probably first or second grade, I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. It’s a lesson I’m sure many people learned when they were children; a lesson so simple, yet so difficult to put into practice. The golden rule or maxim of reciprocity, can be found in every single culture and religion since the beginning of recorded time. It’s a simple gesture that asks a person nothing more than to respect others as one respects self.
There’s been times in my life when I know I haven’t lived up to that standard. The last thing on my mind were the feelings of others. I still struggle, from time to time, to feel things for certain people; especially people who I feel may have wronged me or taken advantage of me in some way. Why is it that people exploit each other? Why do we always have to get over on others?
I feel as if we are at a crossroads in our evolution as a species; the dawning of a new age, so to speak. I’m not talking about some New Age, peace is love, Mayan prophecy type sh*t. But I definitely feel as if we should all take a deep breath and chill. Get back to the basics, rediscover the bonds that keeps us going. Learn from the mistakes of our elders and chart a new path.
We don’t need more guns, more laws, more money; we need more love, sensibility, community, virtue. We need to put this silly sh*t behind us and rise above the politics, the rhetoric, the bigotry, prejudice, hatred, ignorance. We need each other to prosper so that our species can continue to survive. We’re only as strong as our weakest link. Rather than destroy the weak and less fortunate, we need to raise them up so that we are all on the same page.
Let us re-apply the golden rule and use that as the standard by which we gauge things. No matter what your background is or how you were bought up whether it be in a church, mosque, synagogue, etc., I think we can all agree that this little bit isn’t too much to ask.
|Christianity||All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
|Confucianism||Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.
|Buddhism||Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
|Hinduism||This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.
|Islam||No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
|Judaism||What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
Talmud, Shabbat 3id
|Taoism||Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien
||That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.
(Victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting)
Charlotte Bacon, (age 6)
Daniel Barden, (age 7)
Olivia Engel, (age 6)
Josephine Gay, (age 7)
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, (age 6)
Dylan Hockley, (age 6)
Madeleine F. Hsu, (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, (age 7)
Jesse Lewis, (age 6)
James Mattioli, (age 6)
Grace McDonnell, (age 7)
Emilie Parker, (age 6)
Jack Pinto, (age 6)
Noah Pozner, (age 6)
Caroline Previdi, (age 6)
Jessica Rekos, (age 6)
Avielle Richman, (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, (age 6)
Rachel Davino, (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, (age 47)
Anne Marie Murphy, (age 52)
Lauren Russeau, (age 29)
Mary Sherlach, (age 56)
Victoria Soto, (age 27)
(Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting)
(Victims of the Sikh Temple Shooting)
Bhai Seeta Singh
Bhai Parkash Singh
Bhai Ranjit Singh
Satwant Singh Kaleka
Parmjit Kaur Toor
And to the countless other victims of senseless violence in Chicago, NYC, LA, Miami, Houston and every city, big or small , in every state from the East Coast to the West, that don’t get any press or national coverage…
I’ll still luv ya tomorrow….